Author Archive for Janaka Perera

Atlantic Charter was not meant to give freedom to Asians and Africans in European colonies.

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Janaka Perera It is erroneous belief that Sri Lanka and most other European colonies were granted Independence by the Atlantic Charter the US and the UK agreed upon in 1941. There was no formal document called Atlantic Charter with signatures of Heads of States as a Treaty. It was only a discussion paper.  The two […]

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Japan bombed Military bases of European colonies in Asia, not civilians unlike the Allies (Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki)

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Janaka Perera Dilrook has said that ‘ Japan was the only country that bombed Sri Lanka” Here is my reply: The Easter Sunday Raid (or Battle of Ceylon) was an air attack by carrier-based aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy against Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), on Easter Sunday, 5 April 1942, during the South-East Asian theatre of World War II. This attack was part of the Indian Ocean Raid, and […]

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Further observations on the public lecture: Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka’s independence

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Janaka Perera Having read the responses to the article in ‘Lankaweb’ under the caption, ‘Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka’s Independence,’ I, as the writer who attended the public lecture and subsequent discussion at the Mahaweli Centre Auditorium, Colombo, on June 24, wish to state the following. At the outset the Speaker Senaka Weeraratna said […]

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Did Japan contribute to Sri Lanka’s independence?

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

By Janaka Perera An interesting debate over who brought independence to Sri Lanka, India and the rest of European colonies in Asia took place at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, Mahaweli Centre, Colombo, last Monday (June 24, 2019). An entirely different perspective to the historical narrative sparked off the debate at the Royal Asiatic Society sponsored […]

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April insurgency – a little known story

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Janaka Perera April 5, 2019 marks the 48th Anniversary of the JVP insurgency of 1971 the first ever armed uprising against the Sri Lankan State since the British departed our shores.  It was one of two Southern insurgencies within a span of less than two decades. Both led two generations of youth and many others to […]

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President to open Cambodia Buddhist Centre

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Janaka Perera President Maithripala Sirisena will be the Chief Guest at the ceremonial opening of the Buddha Shrine of the International Cambodian Buddhist Centre Kaduwela on Saturday March 9. The distinguished Cambodian guest will be Her Eminence Mahopasika Sok Im. The event will be Co-Chaired by the Most Venerable Napana Pemasiri Mahanayaka Thera, Chief Sangha […]

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The Impact of Mahayana Buddhism on Sri Lanka

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

By Buddhistdoor International Janaka Perera When examining the influence of Mahayana Buddhism in Sri Lanka it would be appropriate to approach the topic from a human interest angle before moving into history, archaeology and the academic sphere. A glance at the role of Mahayana in contemporary Sri Lankan society, I believe, will be a guide to the […]

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Hypocrisy behind Black July 1983 remembrance

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Janaka Perera Every year local NGOs, human rights groups, the so-called international community, the pro-separatist Tamil Diaspora and other do-gooders never fail to remember the victims of ‘Black July’ 1983  in which many innocent Tamils were massacred and their property destroyed by mainly ruling party goons and other thugs taking advantage of the situation to […]

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Book launch: Deliberations on Sinhala Grammar -වියරණ විවරණ

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Janaka Perera ‘Viyarana Vivarana’ වියරණ විවරණ a book covering some debates that took place from the 1920s to the 1930s on Sinhala Grammar will be launched at the National Archives Auditorium, 14, Nidahas Mawatha, Colombo 14 on July 18, 2018 at 2.30 p.m. The manuscript of the book, which the late Pracheena Pandith Bemthota Enulasiri […]

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Whither Buddhism in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Janaka Perera Today, Buddhism in Sri Lanka faces its biggest challenge since independence. The reasons are complex.  Over the past two decades many Sinhala Buddhists both among the laity and the clergy have been losing their bearings making them vulnerable to dubious internal and external forces. They are the two fronts on which concerned Buddhists […]

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Colonial mentality and ‘independence’

Sunday, February 4th, 2018

Janaka Perera As Sri Lanka marks the 70th Anniversary of the British departure from her shores on February 4 we wonder whether we have paved the way for the emergence over the decades of corrupt and blundering rulers from among our own politicians to replace the old colonial masters, in the name of independence and […]

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ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අනාගතයක් තිබේද ?

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

ජානක පෙරෙරා  ජාති භේදයෙන් තොරව, සමාජ මට්ටමින් තොරව අද මෙරට වර්තමාන තරුණ පරපුරේ වැඩි දෙනෙකුගෙන් ඇසුවොත් ඔවුන් කැමති රට හැර ගොස් පිට රට රැකියා කරන්නටය. සමහරු එසේ ගිය පසු නැවත නොඑති.  අද මෙරට ඔවුන්ට පැහැදිලි අනාගතයක් පෙනෙන්නට නැත.     වසර 1980 ‘කළු’ ජූලියේදී බොහෝ දෙමල ජනයා මෙරට හැර ගියේ  මෙරටට නොමැකෙන කළු පැල්ලමක් එකතු කරමිනි. […]

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Road way extension victims

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Janaka Perera The Government dragging its feet over paying compensation for road extensions and expressways is causing problems to many people.  Compensation was for residents affected by the Kandy Expressway construction paid only after they staged protests on the road.  The same situation faces residents hit by the Ruwanpura (Ratnapura) Expressway Construction. In Dehiwala people […]

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L.H. METTANANDA – THE FORGOTTEN BUDDHIST HERO

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Janaka Perera Courtesy The Daily News It is strange that the 50th death anniversary of Buddhist revivalist L.H. Mettananda went almost unnoticed, even at Ananda College where he was Principal from 1945 to 1953. We wonder whether the present generation of Anandians is even aware of his contributions to the school and Buddhist rights in general. […]

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Sri Lankan lawyer calls Asia to unite in claiming compensation for colonial crimes

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Janaka Perera At a seminar on Foreign Policy and International Law held at the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) auditorium, Colombo yesterday (October 2, 2017) a member of the audience, Attorney Senaka Weeraratna, called for unity among Asian countries in claiming compensation from Western colonial powers which ravaged Third World nations including Sri Lanka (then […]

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War that changed Sri Lanka and the world

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Janaka Perera Seventy-eight years ago, Sept 3, 1939, the news of Britain’s declaration of war against Nazi Germany came to Colombo through the wireless from London, shortly before 4.30 p.m. At that moment British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was speaking in London on the declaration heard over the BBC.  The Reuters message flashed all over the world confirming the news […]

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Royal College 175th Anniversary: A forgotten incident

Friday, July 7th, 2017

By Janaka Perera As Sri Lanka’s Royal College celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding this year on a grand scale of pomp and pageantry that perhaps no other school in the country can match, it is a moot question to ask whether there are alternate voices from within or outside Royal College, that have […]

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Remembering L.H. Mettananda : Colonialism, nationalism and Buddhist revivalism

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

By Janaka Perera  L.H. Mettananda : 1945 – 1953, Principal Ananda College The watershed in Sri Lanka’s post – independence period i.e. 1956, which led to the socio-cultural emancipation of the vast majority of the people of this country would not have been possible if not for the invaluable contribution of L.H. Mettananda. Though front […]

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Three commitments save UN Vesak Day Mahanuwara (Kandy) Declaration 2017

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Janaka Perera The nine point Mahanuwara Declaration on the United Nations Day of Vesak 2017 may have ended up as an empty vacuous and vague document not worth a second look but for three distinctive commitments which have saved this document from being cast into oblivion. They are as follows: 1.    In realizing the long […]

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Planting churches and ‘saving souls’

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Janaka Perera  Sri Lanka will be celebrating the 2561st year of Vesak on an international scale starting on May 10.  The question however is whether the organizers and the foreign participants in the event will pay sufficient attention to the facts highlighted in a recent report of the Bangkok-based World Buddhist University (WBU) on the […]

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Many are paying today for Japan’s blunder

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Janaka Perera Seventy five years ago on December 7, 1941 Imperial Japan committed the biggest blunder in her history. It was an attack Washington welcomed but not openly. The Japanese surprise attack on the American Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii not only caused Tokyo’s disastrous defeat four years later but also brought the United […]

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BUDDHISTS BEWARE

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Janaka Perera Beware of Non-Buddhists claiming to protect Buddhism. Beware of Non-Buddhists seeking to identify and define the enemies of Buddhists and Buddhism Beware of Non-Buddhists attempting to create rifts between Buddhists and Hindus and Buddhists and followers of other religions Beware of Non-Buddhists trying to exploit/create disputes between Sri Lanka and neighbouring countries such […]

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Asia: Japan forced to sell its soul to the West

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Janaka Perera The following piece is meant to throw more light on what Shenali D. Waduge’s wrote in her July 31st article titled ‘Time for Pan Asianism: Rise of Asians for Asia & Asia for Asians’. Japan raised the slogan ‘Asia for Asians’ during World War II which ended when the Americans dropped atom bombs […]

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සතුන් සමග සංසර්ගයේ යෙදෙන එරික් සෝල්හයිම් ගේ ‘නෑයෝ’ 

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Janaka Perera  දියුණු යයි සම්මත බටහිර ජාතියක් සතුන් සමග සංසර්ගයේ යෙදෙන බව අසා තිබේද? එහෙත් එය ඇත්තකි.  ඒ ජාතිය නම් සාමයේ නාමයෙන් අපට දෙමළ කොටින් සමග ‘සහවාසයේ’ යෙදෙන්නට ආරාධනය කල  නෝවීජියානුවන්ය.   මේ බව මුලින්ම හෙලිකලේ ඔස්ලෝ නුවර පලවන The Journal නම් විද්‍යා සඟරාවයි. වසර 28කට පසු  නෝවීජියානු රජය මගින් සතුන් සමග සංසර්ගයේ යෙදීම දෙවන වරටත් 2010 […]

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‘Vavuniya Citizens’ antics in Mullivayikal

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Janaka Perera A group calling itself Vavuniya Citizens Group is planning to erect a memorial minaret at Mullivayikal for what it calls victims of ‘Tamil killing.’   The term almost sounds like successive Sri Lankan governments were – as a matter of state policy – engaged in hunting members of this community over the years as […]

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Sinhala Tigers in sheep’s clothing

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Janaka Perera It is amusing to see ‘Comrade’ Surendra Ajith Rupesinghe pontificating on Constitutional reforms after years of supporting LTTE separatism in Sri Lanka and abroad.  To him the Tigers were a political organization that represented the national-democratic aspirations of a nation”. Like hell! We suppose he is still a Tiger sympathizer because he has […]

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Indian and Sri Lankan Armed Forces

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Janaka Perera This relates to the January 27th article titled ‘Coup attempt that nearly ignited a religious war’ in the Lanka Web of January 27.  Since a reader in his comment on the piece has apparently misunderstood what I wrote I need to clarify the point I made on the Indian Army. There is no […]

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Coup attempt that nearly ignited a religious war

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Janaka Perera The first ever attempt to overthrow a legally elected government in post independence Sri Lanka was made 54 years ago on January 27.   The conspirators were a group of military and police officers that belonged to a generation, which was virtually alienated from Sri Lanka’s history and traditions.  Their objective was to turn […]

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Appeasing separatists: The road to nowhere

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Janaka Perera The recent suicide of a Tamil teenager, Senthuran Rajeswaran, demanding the release of LTTE detainees is a perfect example of how Sri Lanka has spoilt the military over the Tigers. Both the previous and present governments should share the blame for this unfortunate state of affairs. Among the first things the Western Allies […]

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Crisis looming in South China Sea

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Janaka Perera Two Asian countries with which Sri Lanka has strong relations are now at logger heads. The possibility of it leading to a proxy war in the South China Sea (SCS) cannot be ruled out unless the tension building up in the region can be defused. The SCS is one of the world’s most […]

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